Restoring an outdated house can include many surprises, good and dangerous.

For one Smiths Falls couple, it took them down a history-filled rabbit gap after uncovering a really distinctive merchandise.

Ted and Marion Outerbridge purchased their present house, recognized regionally as Keyhole Home, due to its distinctive entrance corridor, three years in the past.

Presently their occupation as illusionists because of the pandemic, they’re going from room to room within the outdated home, reviving it.

“We’re discovering some unimaginable artifacts in the home and in addition celebrating historical past,” Ted advised CTV Information Ottawa on Wednesday. “We have tracked down the individuals who constructed the home, we have tracked the individuals who stay in the home, as soon as the home was a one-room home, there are such a lot of tales that the home tells us.”

Objects they discovered embody a be aware from the unique carpenter hidden behind a chunk of trim and an empty bottle of rye from the flip of the century close to the muse.

But it surely wasn’t till renovations started within the eating room that they discovered an merchandise that left them scratching their heads.

“I peeled some canvas off the wall and I found this opening within the wall that accommodated the range pipe and inside that opening was a 100-year-old golf ball,” Ted mentioned.

“At first I wasn’t even certain what it was however I used to be in a position to observe it down,” he mentioned. “It has marks on it that say ‘why not,’ so why did not I Google the golf ball and I came upon it was made in London, England in 1918, so it is really an outdated golf ball.”

The couple, curious as to why a golf ball from England would find yourself at Smiths Falls, dug somewhat deeper into historical past.

“I realized that in 1899 there was a golf course throughout the road from us known as the Poonamali Golf Course,” Ted mentioned. “It lasted till about 1930. So this golf ball was being performed on the Poonamali Golf Course.”

Historical past did not cease there, as Outerbridge recalled who was the earlier proprietor of this home, which had a well-known identify:


“For greater than 50 years, Clem and Beverly Henderson have lived on this home and they’re the grandparents of Brooke and Brittany Henderson,” Ted mentioned. “Brooke is a 10-time LPGA winner.”

Going via historical past, the couple approaches Lisa Purden Bell of the Heritage Home Museum in Smiths Falls.

He’s nonetheless perplexed concerning the connection, as Brooke Henderson is taken into account probably the most profitable golfer in Canadian historical past.

“I do not know what to say, it is actually nice,” Purden Bell mentioned. “It is nearly like a foreboding, one thing great, but it surely’s by some means, it is via the partitions of their home, they actually made these wonderful golfers.”

Purden Bell was capable of finding outdated images of golfers from a long-lost golf membership simply across the nook.

“I really had a reminiscence, we have been digitizing our images on the Heritage Home Museum for a few years and due to our relationship with Brooke and Brittany, I knew we had some photos of girls within the early 1900s It was.” she recalled.

“I used to be in a position to fireplace him (Ted) actually shortly, which I believe stunned him somewhat bit,” Purden Bell mentioned.

“We have been excited as native historians to now actually reply the query of when {golfing} at Smiths Falls really started,” she mentioned.

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Outerbridge says he has been in contact with the Henderson household to get them knowledgeable of the story.

“I hope that Brooke and Brittany Henderson will at some point be capable to journey and they need to catch this ball. We’ll see what occurs,” he added

When reached by CTV Information Ottawa, Brooke Henderson mentioned in an announcement:

“What a terrific discover! I had so many lovely recollections of my sister and I visiting my grandparents’ home. We might have large household dinners within the eating room, and I nonetheless keep in mind the unique distinctive hearth in the lounge. It is my And it was a really particular place for my household.”

The identify on the golf ball, in response to Marion, can be fascinating for Outerbridge.

“They mentioned you will not consider what it says, it says why not,” she recalled when Ted discovered it.

“That was my slogan as a result of we’re illusionists and each time we promote our present, we give interviews and so they ask us, ‘So why did you progress from Montreal to Smiths Falls? Marion mentioned. “Each time I would say, why not! We love Smiths Falls, we love this metropolis, the placement is unbelievable.”

“It mentioned, why not on the golf ball or it needed to occur,” laughed Marion.

“We love celebrating this metropolis, it is a tremendous metropolis,” Ted mentioned. “Smiths Falls is a superb place. We have been right here for 3 years and we love this metropolis.”

“Each house, it is filled with historical past, it is in entrance of us and it solely takes somewhat time and dedication and our properties have tales to inform,” he smiled.

So far as the golf ball is worried, a burning query stays.

“How did this ball get into this home? Did it fly via the window?” Ted mentioned. “Who is aware of? We’ll by no means know.”

To study extra concerning the historical past of Keyhole Home and to observe for updates, go to their Fb and Instagram pages.

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